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Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: reese s2
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:08:24 PM »
thanks W24 ,I am now looking at a brother B430-2 in 42 stitch ,I hope that will cut the mustard ,any vices on this machine? Davy
I had a mechanical Juki as my first bar tacker and after some mechanic work, it stitched good, but every cycle it jumped around like it wanted to self destruct. After some sage advice I upgraded to a used Juki 1900AH, the ability to change the stitch width and speed with a simple button push is amazing.
My guess is that you might be in the low $3,000. for a used machine, but the reality is that you will get most of your money back if you decide to sell it down the road, as they are very desirable to the right people.
Just my thoughts,

Pouches / Re: Document bag.
« on: August 12, 2018, 09:06:10 AM »
Very nice, way to keep exploring and building new gear!!
The lighting on the pictures is a little dark so itís hard to get a good view of the bag.
I will make one suggestion in regards to the webbing handle that you show on the bottom of the bag with its burned raw edge. Next time, extend the ends so that beginning and end are hidden in the seam, I hope this makes sense.
I like your clear flap that you used to cover the pens with, it does itís job without being intrusive.
Keep up the hard work.

Right on.

Iíve  got some I can part with.
Iíll send you an invoice later today, Iím currently on the road.

Materials science / Re: Strong adhesive tape for pre-assembly steps
« on: August 06, 2018, 06:19:47 PM »
Will you be sewing through the tape?
Check out Sailrite and their seamstick product, I use the 3/8Ē wide for canvas, which is really sticky and can be sewed through.

The Boardroom / When did you know it was time to go all in?
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:37:01 PM »
I have a question, when did you know it was the right time to go full time in the sewing industry?
So far I have been sewing as a side business since 2012, lately it is standard to sew or prep packages to ship until 11:00 pm, Iím not complaining but juggling two jobs is beginning to wear on me.
My wife and I recently sat down and looked at our monthly home budget, and it kinda scared me, since it almost looks doable.
Please let me know what led you to sew as a full time job if you had to make the transition from a traditional job.
Thanks, Scott

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Messy stitches on tubular
« on: July 26, 2018, 06:45:39 AM »
What kind of machine are you using?
What needle?
What thread size?
Thanks, Scott

Packs and bags / Re: New Quad Zip build.
« on: July 15, 2018, 07:54:00 AM »
Very nice, I like how you used your vacation time wisely,  ;). I can totally relate, whenever we go on vacation my wife always wants to go shopping at some big Mall, which I use as the perfect opportunity to stop at the Outdoor store and pillage through their backpack selection, looking for cool build elements.
Keep up the good work, I canít wait to see the finished product.

Materials science / Re: Laser cut cordura durability
« on: July 07, 2018, 07:53:55 AM »
I donít think a single layer of 1,000d will hold up, as there is no real backbone to the material and the nylon will have a lot of stretch. That being said, I have laser cut it while proving patterns prior to cutting the more expensive laminated material, but it looked too flimsy to even consider sewing to a project for use.
I have seen backpacks that have a laser cut Molle panel on the front and it is also sewn above and below the cut outs, which leads me to believe that they are joining it to a stronger backing material. It looked labor intensive to me, but for small projects you might try some sort of iron on polyester backer, since polyester has less stretch and is laserable.
When you have proven your patterns, Whiskey Two Four sells laminated material in ďless then full rollĒ quantities.
Just my opinions, Scott

Thanks Dan,
I will try this in the future.

On my list of things I donít like to do:

Top stitching after turning right side out, it can be a pain to get the fabric to fold next to the seam line when using 1,000d with 1,000 d. I currently use a long flat screwdriver shoved in the product to coax the seam out.

Repairing old gear, because of ripping old dirty stitches out and then trying to put it back together when the binding feels like it either grew or shrunk. Also because the customer has no idea how much time it takes to modify their gear, for that reason I rarely do these jobs and when I do, itís only only for family or close friends. (Which further reduces my chance of getting paid). LOL

Cutting intricate parts out of fabric, pre-laser. After the laser purchase it was the time consuming part of learning CAD and replicating my existing patterns.

I have a love/hate relationship for repetitive jobs. I time myself for each operation to help stay motivated because a simple one minute operation on a 300 piece order is five hours. Which I recently came to realize while working on my largest order to date.

Replacing zippers for me. I'm actually getting pretty good at it, but I still hate doing them, mostly on puffy jackets where there is a lot of potential movement. I'm sure there are a bunch of things I suck at but don't do often enough to even know it!
I have only replaced a few zippers, for family members, and I used basting tape to hold them in place. Itís a double sided tape that wonít gum up the sewing needle. I use this for various projects when I need parts to stay in place during sewing.

I was too cheap to purchase a $50.00 zipper jig so I bought a $3.00 tack remover and filed open the fork a little bit to hold the slider that I use. I then tore the handle off of the round shank, drilled a hole on the edge of my table on a slight angle. Now I can easily install and remove the tool as needed.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Need help sewing scuba webbing
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:31:56 PM »
No judgment here Man, my first machine was a heavy duty home machine that I got off of Craigslist.
This thread may help you a bit.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Need help sewing scuba webbing
« on: May 23, 2018, 07:40:59 AM »
Quick answer.
Loosen bottom tension and increase to next needle size.
What machine are you using?

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